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16th Baltic Conference on Intellectual Co-operation "Genes: from the Past to the Future" to be held in Vilnius, 2-3 May 2019

16th Baltic Conference on Intellectual Co-operation "Genes: from the Past to the Future" will take place at the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences (Gedimino Ave. 3, Vilnius) on 2-3 May 2019. Preliminary registration via e-mail is appreciated.


The famous Human Genome Project, launched in 1990 and accomplished in 2013, was a major challenge, a great achievement, and a fascinating part of the never-ending human quest for knowledge about ourselves. Although the 1990s was the time when national research systems of the Baltic countries were facing extreme challenges, new exciting opportunities were there as well.

Nowadays genetics permeates biomedical research in the Baltic countries. Genetic identification of historic persons, modification of genes for selection and biodiversity, genetic medical diagnostics, development of gene modification tools are commonly performed tasks. Our proximity to world-class science here is an indicator of what we have achieved.

This year's conference in Vilnius is mostly focused on biomedical sciences, but it will not be confined just to them. The presentations of the first day of the conference will focus on the impact of modern genetics and genomics on plant selection, medical practice, and the emergence and development of novel scientific disciplines. The ways of how the latest achievements in genetics and genomics are changing the perception of the history of human populations will be demonstrated on the example of Lithuania on the second day of the event.

The latest technologies of biomedical research - bioinformatics, medical biotechnologies, genome editing tools for the analysis of the human genome - enable research into and the development of ethnogenesis-related issues. Studies into variations in DNA sequence make it possible to reconstruct the evolutionary history, origin, and structure of the human populations and to detect differences and similarities between individuals or populations. Demographic changes leave a trace in a population by changing its genetic diversity. Therefore one can assert that our history is encoded in a DNA sequence. Modern ethnogenetic research is developed by collating archaeological, genomic, and linguistic data. Comparison of results produced by separate branches of science is interesting to the general public as it facilitates a better understanding and clarification of the theory of the origin of nations.

Lithuanian Academy of Sciences

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